Belated Love letter to an old Minolta

Minolta XG-9 with Minolta 50mm f/1.4, Minolta 135mm f/3.5 and Vivitar 70-210mm f/2.8-4
You might be older than me, your focusing screen might be cloudy, your guesstimate metering. Not to mention your winder lever that creek every time I crank it, so much so that I though it might snap.

Minolta XG-9 with Minolta 50mm f/1.4
But all the flaws and frustrations cannot compete with joy when I look through your viewfinder, nostalgia might have a hand or two but the simple joy of shooting with simple but well made tool is nothing but sublime.

directing airflow

windy afternoon

It sadden me when after many lovely year out of the storage, your time in the sun has comes to an end. Your electro-mechanic heart fail and your shutter tripped for one last time.

Not all was lost. Your pressure plate might not touch a grain of silver again but your optics will see the light and focus on the beauty of the world once more. With silicon mind, your lenses now reached new height for sharpness and color fidelity. Any short-coming in the optical design now clear away with a click on Lightroom.

Cactus in a jar

exploring #2

green eyes + blue wall
Even though you will be put in storage again for the second time, I guarantee that it will not be long. The replacement parts will be found and you with see the sun again.

Minolta XG-9: 1979-2016-?


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